Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Money is launching its own credit card business. A 1bn deal with American bank MBNA will see the credit card operation run from the former Northern Rock headquarters in Gosforth. It will create at least 150 jobs when it opens for business at the start of 2014.
Oxford Consulting Group
American IT company Oxford Consulting Group is to establish a development centre in Belfast, creating 33 jobs. The company has received £330,000 from Invest NI. It employs 200 professionals worldwide and plans to double revenue by 2015.
Digital marketing agency Equator is creating 15 jobs following new business wins. The roles include developers, designers, account directors and managers. The company employs 92 people at its headquarters in Glasgow and expects to increase revenue by 20% in 2013.
V.I.P. Computer Centre
IT distributor VIP Computers has opened a new facility in Warrington following a £1.6m investment. The expansion will allow the company to grow further and capitalise on opportunities in the IT market. VIP Computers recently recruited 60 new employees, with further jobs expected in the future. Turnover £180.1m.
Legal services firm Axiom is opening a new office in Belfast, creating 40 jobs. The new office is an expansion of its Centre of Excellence which opened in February 2012.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University has worked with French business Polantis to establish a R&D centre at Manchester Science Parks where 6 jobs will be created in 2013 and up to 20 new posts by 2016. Polantis is a specialist in creating building information modelling (BIM) components.
Nigel Greenaway, former partner at South Wales law firm Berry Smith, has set up a new firm, Greenaway Scott. The company has taken an office in Cardiff for its headquarters and is to recruit five more people by March 2013 taking its team up to seven.
Northern Ireland pharmaceutical company Almax plans to double capacity over the next three years which could create up to 60 jobs. Two new laboratories are to be built, following the completion of the first stage of a £6.5 million project.
Property firm Bruntwood has secured 9.5m funding for Citylabs, a biomedical hub being developed the on the site of the former Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester. The North West Evergreen Fund has jointly provided a loan with Lloyds Banking Group. It is expected to create 440 new jobs. Turnover 99m, 420 employees.
Technology training provider e-Quality Learning has relocated to larger premises in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear. The £400,000 investment follows two years of significant growth, with staff numbers increasing from ten to 32.
Unified communications company Elite Telecom, based in Chorley in Lancashire, is seeking two acquisitions in 2013 after enjoying a year of growth. The company has created 17 new jobs during 2012 and will create up to 25 more roles during 2013.
Virgin Media is to create 60 jobs to deal with the demand for next generation television and broadband. The newcomers will join around 750 staff who are already employed at the firm's office.
Johnson & Johnson
Vistakon Ireland, owned by pharmaceuticals giant Johnson and Johnson is creating 100 jobs. The company is investing 100 million euro at the Limerick facility with the new jobs being taken over the next six months.